Agile 2017 Conference: 6 Standout Talks You Can’t Miss

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Agile 2017 Conference: 6 Standout Talks You Can’t Miss

Bar Kofman
Bar KofmanDigital Marketing Manager | July 31, 2017

Agile 2017 Conference is Coming – Are You Ready?

The biggest Agile conference of the year is nearly here. On August 7th-11th, Agilists from over 40 countries will descend upon Orlando, FL. The program is jam-packed with more sessions and workshops than you could ever fit in your schedule. So how do you decide which talks to see?

That’s where we come in. We’ve done the hard work of scouring the Agile 2017 conference schedule for you and selected 6 standout speakers you simply can’t miss. They represent the best and brightest minds in the Agile world today and each of their sessions will leave you with real, actionable advice and knowledge.

If you want a full lineup of the speakers, check out the schedule. You can see our curated picks below.


1. Think Big, Plan Small: How to Use Continual Planning

Tuesday August 8, 2017 9:00am – 10:15am

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, President, Rothman Consulting.  

This is one of our most anticipated talks so make sure you arrive early! Johanna Rothman delivers key insights and takeaways you can use to transform your Agile planning. Don’t miss this chance to learn why Johanna Rothman is called the “Pragmatic Manager.”

Many teams plan an entire quarter at a time. But what happens when requirements change? Agile expert Johanna Rothman is here to teach you about rolling wave, deliverable-based roadmaps to help your team iterate faster and more efficiently. You’ll learn:

  • How to use a Product Owner Value Team (POVT) to manage and refine product scope, backlogs, and stories
  • What an MVP and MVE are
  • How little (or how much) to plan at a time, and how much value to expect
  • The difference between continuous and continual planning

Where: F1

Tweet it: @johannarothman

2. Creating Leadership and Engagement at Every Level

Monday August 7, 2017 9:00am – 10:15am

Speaker: L. David Marquet, President, Turn the Ship Around, LLC.

David Marquet is well-known for his work on Intent-Based Leadership and is the author of the best-selling book Turn The Ship Around. If you haven’t heard him speak before, you are truly missing out.

Leadership isn’t just for a select few anymore. David Marquet teaches us how to nurture leaders at every level of your organization. Empowering your people and giving them control rather than taking it away can transform your idea of leadership. You’ll learn:

  • What Intent-Based Leadership is and how it’s used in the world’s most effective organizations
  • How to create an environment where people actively engage and think
  • How to implement the idea of leadership as the process of creating more leaders — not more followers
  • How to promote an organizational culture that nurtures leaders at every level

Where: Gatlin ABC

Tweet it: @ldavidmarquet

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3. The Build That Cried Broken: Building Trust in Your Continuous Integration Tests

 Thursday August 10, 2017 10:45am – 12:00pm

Speaker: Angie Jones, Senior Automation Engineer, Twitter. 

Angie’s talk is one of our top picks because just about everyone has dealt with finicky tests at one time. It’s time to fix that. Stop worrying about your tests let Angie show you a new way!

When your continuous integration tests are constantly broken, how can you put trust in your QA process? Angie Jones, a Senior Automation Engineer at Twitter, teaches us how to wrangle those gnarly tests once and for all to build a more robust, stable system. Say goodbye to “the build that cried broken.” You’ll learn:

  • How to build stability in your continuous integration tests
  • How to build trust and credibility in your testing process for stakeholders
  • How to know when a test is “really” failing for a just cause

Where: F1

Tweet it: @techgirl1908

4. Transformational Innovation: How Agile Methods Can Benefit from Systems Thinking

Wednesday August 9, 2017 3:45pm – 5:00pm

Speaker: Kishau Smith Rogers, CEO, Websmith Studio, Inc.

This is one of our top picks because your mental view of the world and your work is so important to success. Learning to problem solve and learn in an innovative way is one of the most valuable skills you can learn. Don’t miss this talk by industry veteran Kishau Rogers!

This workshop will help you get your mind right with valuable insights about how Agile practitioners can benefit from looking at the bigger picture. Oftentimes, different mental models of technology and innovation are the keys to success. Kishau goes over three different types of Systems Thinking:

  • Causal Diagrams and Feedback Loops
  • Problem Solving with Iceberg Theory
  • Double Loop Learning

Where: F4

Tweet it: @kishau

5. Design Patterns Thinking and Architecture at Scale

Wednesday August 9, 2017 10:45am – 12:00pm

Speaker: Al Shalloway, CEO, Net Objectives.

Al Shalloway delivers a top-notch talk that will make you think more deeply about how you solve problems at your organization. Highly recommended for organizations with many moving parts!

Design patterns are just “templates” you can apply to recurring problems, right? Wrong. This talk presents design patterns as a way of thinking about the problems to be solved. You’ll learn:

  • How to identify concepts in your problem domain and abstract them
  • How to create simplified models of the changing issues in your application
  • That Agile architecture at scale is about managing change, not trying to define a framework that will accommodate it

Where: I4

Tweet it: @alshalloway

6. Sensemaking Applications for Agile: Combining Qualitative & Quantitative Metrics

Tuesday August 8, 2017 10:45am – 11:15am

Speaker: Daniel Walsh, Founder, and Principal, nuCognitive

If you want to get right to the heart of your people’s needs and stories, look no further than this talk. Daniel Walsh provides a nuanced and holistic perspective that enables leadership teams to identify emergent patterns and trends in behaviors and perceptions. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about sensemaking with one of the experts in the field.

What if instead of using an algorithm or software to collect information from your people, you asked them to tell you a story? Daniel Walsh is here to teach you how to combine both qualitative and quantitative metrics to form a more well-rounded picture of an organization. You’ll learn about a sensemaking approach that empowers people and scales to large organizations. With this narrative-based research strategy, you’ll be able to find emergent patterns and weak spots in your organization. You’ll learn about:

  • Developing a framework to gather research
  • Story collection, journaling, and implementation
  • Intervention design lessons to manage common pitfalls with this approach

Where: Wekiwa 1&2

Tweet it: @danielwalsh


If you are attending the Agile 2017 Conference, come by our booth to say hello and chat about Continuous Testing! Also, feel free to reach out to me via twitter or email –

See You There!